Canary Wharf’s Winter Lights!

There’s so much going on in London, sometimes it’s hard to keep up and get round to seeing everything! Events come and go, there are constantly exciting pop-up’s and for me the most exciting ones are the installations, especially light ones! Therefore I knew I couldn’t miss out on seeing Canary Wharf’s Winter Lights. 💡

The installations were spread across the whole area of Canary Wharf so it was like a fun scavenger hunt (thankfully with a map) to find out which way to go to find the lights. The first one we stumbled across was possibly my favourite, I’m sure it was interactive but I couldn’t figure out how it worked. It was a water and light installation that made it look like words falling and was amazing to watch and see what people had sent in to show up! They were rather tricky to photograph as they fell so quickly but I’m happy to have caught some words. 💧

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Next up we found these rods of light around a fountain which we also saw scattered around other areas. They don’t look as fun in photos but they constantly changed colours in upward motions and I loved watching the reflections of them in the fountains too.

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Further on from the fountain we came across possibly the most peculiar installation! As you can see in the image below water was being sprayed and then whoever was standing in the masked tape area was somehow controlling the shapes and colours happening on the water, plus it was accompanied by very eerie music. Those around me were saying it was like being controlled by a weird darker force – perhaps a tad dramatic but it was rather spooky.

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Just after the above installation were these neon rods which reminded me of octopus tentacles in a weird way 😂 These constantly changed colours and also had reflective panels on them, I liked these for the pure simplicity of it, it was refreshing after the weirdness we’d just witnessed!

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We then went to Crossrail Place where they had a level full of various installations, some interactive and others just as they were but it was fascinating to walk through and see what was going on.

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It was getting late so we headed back out to make our way home, stopping off to admire one last installation beforehand. These ribbons of light were attached to loads of trees and it was hard to make out what they actually were! It look amazing though and reminded me of the advertising design they have for the tube – anyone else think that?

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We’re rarely in Canary Wharf so it was fun to explore the area a bit more. I can’t imagine what it’s like to work there! It’s interesting being in a part of London that you only ever really see from afar, and there’s still a few days left to check out the various light installations in the area so I’d definitely recommend checking them out! 

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Naturally, we got the boat back into Central, because why take the tube when you can take the boat?!

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